3 New Choral Works from Henry Dehlinger

JAMES JOYCE
Mark your calendar! The Washington Master Chorale’s 10th Anniversary season opens on October 27, 2019 with a world premiere for Henry’s three new choral settings of poems by James Joyce. Here’s a sneak preview:

Night Piece

Written for a cappella SATB chorus, Night Piece begins as a reverent, if not haunting, portrait of “night’s sin-dark nave.” Replete with ecclesiastical imagery, this subdued choral meditation swells into a tender exultation of the night sky with soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Joyce’s characteristic neologisms abound: A star-knell tolls as upsoaring clouds surge voidward, high above the “adoring waste of souls.”

Strings in the Earth and Air

A soprano solo offering, Strings in the Earth and Air is a light interlude with sparkling piano accompaniment and impressionist overtones. The song’s sultry vocal line emerges from a progression of minor and dominant 9th chords in this jazz-inspired hymn of nature.

Bahnhofstrasse

Written for SATB chorus with piano accompaniment, Bahnhofstrasse is an existential piece about the loss of youth. The title refers to the Zurich train station where in August 1917 Joyce suffered a sudden and painful attack of lumbago, later compounded with increasing blindness as a result of glaucoma. The four-part vocal lines float wistfully over a minimalist piano accompaniment that steadily reiterates a simple, eerie motif as the poet’s failing eyes mock his deteriorating youthfulness.

National Philharmonic Announces 2019-20 Season

T.S. ELIOT
You don't need to wait any longer. The National Philharmonic today announced its new 2019-20 season, led by Maestro Piotr Gajewski. On April 18, 2020 it will showcase the eagerly-anticipated world premiere of Henry’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. This performance of Henry's sweeping 21st century rhapsody for voice and orchestra is entirely underwritten by fans of new music and individual donors to the National Philharmonic's Prufrock Fund. Adapted from the poem by T.S. Eliot, it was composed especially for Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes. It is part of a concert program called “Music+Prose,” which will explore the connection between music and the written word.

Three World and Local Premieres

THE WASHINGTON MASTER CHORALE, THOMAS COLOHAN CONDUCTING
With three world and local premieres for his recently-commissioned concert works, Henry Dehlinger looks forward to a remarkable 2019-20 season.

On October 27, 2019, the Washington Master Chorale will present Henry's brand new choral setting of three poems by James Joyce at its 10th Anniversary Season opening concert.

On April 18, 2020, the National Philharmonic at Strathmore premieres The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a sweeping 21st century rhapsody for voice and orchestra. Adapted from the poem by T. S. Eliot and composed especially for soprano Danielle Talamantes, it uses the melodic and rhythmic contours of Eliot's stream-of-consciousness narrative to dictate mood and melodic character. Maestro Piotr Gajewski conducts.

On May 8, 2020, the Santa Clara Chorale, in their annual collaboration with the Santa Clara University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, will present the world premiere of Henry’s Kohelet. Commissioned jointly by conductors Scot Hanna-Weir of the Santa Clara Chorale and Thomas Colohan of the Washington Master Chorale, Kohelet is a cantata in five movements for mixed chorus, bass-baritone and soprano solos, and instrumental forces that feature organ, harp, percussion and brass.

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KOHELET: A Cantata in Five Movements 

Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements

Music by Henry Dehlinger

Conceived in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and co-commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale, Henry Dehlinger's Kohelet gives you lush, modal melodies, energetic meters, and colorful harmonic textures with Hebrew text drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

World Premiere: May 8, 2020
The Santa Clara Chorale
Scot Hanna-Weir, Artistic Director
Thomas Colohan, Conducting

Instrumentation
SATB, Bass-Baritone Solo, Soprano Solo, Organ, Harp, Percussion, Timpani and Brass.

 

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Premiering in 2020

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: A Rhapsody for
Voice and Orchestra


Music by Henry Dehlinger
Words by T.S. Eliot

A sweeping 21st century rhapsody for voice and orchestra, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was composed especially for Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes. Adapted from the famous poem by T. S. Eliot, it uses the melodic and rhythmic contours of Eliot's stream-of-consciousness narrative to dictate mood and melodic character.

World Premiere: April 18, 2020
The National Philharmonic at Strathmore
Piotr Gajewski, Music Director & Conductor

Instrumentation
Soparno Solo and Orchestra

 

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
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